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Report: Nearly 30% Of Veterans Waiting For Health Care Have Died

A shocking report out of the Huffington Post indicates that nearly one-third of veterans who applied for health care services through the Department of Veterans Affairs died before having their enrollment accepted.

A leaked report provided to the Post via a whistleblower shows that over 847,000 veterans had applied for enrollment in the government health care system, of which nearly 239,000 had died.

Via the Huffington Post:

More than 238,000 of the 847,000 veterans in the pending backlog for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs have already died, according to an internal VA document provided to The Huffington Post.

Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta and a past whistleblower on the VA’s failings, provided HuffPost with an April 2015 report titled “Analysis of Death Services,” which reviews the accuracy of the VA’s veteran death records. The report was conducted by staffers in the VA Health Eligibility Center and the VA Office of Analytics.

Flip to page 13 and you’ll see some stark numbers. As of April, there were 847,822 veterans listed as pending for enrollment in VA health care. Of those, 238,657 are now deceased, meaning they died after they applied for, but never got, health care.

Those are shocking numbers to say the least.

Last year, we reported on a Vietnam veteran who received a call for an appointment from the VA hospital – two years after dying of a brain tumor.

If you’re wondering if this amounts to a scandal in the eyes of Democrats, you’d be wrong.  Here’s video of Nancy Pelosi claiming that dead veterans having not received health care services doesn’t necessarily amount to a scandal.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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